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CHRA thanks Yardi Canada for sponsoring its 2021 National Awards Ceremonies.

Community Builder Award

(Formerly Graham Emslie Award)

This award celebrates a community builder who has shown an extraordinary commitment to ensuring decent, safe and affordable housing or who has shown dedication to ending and preventing homelessness in their community.

Focus: community development; local level community impact.

Eligibility Criteria:

The nominee;

  • is an individual, a business or an organization,
  • has contributed to creating and offering programs and initiatives that create more affordable housing and/or work to prevent and end homelessness locally,
  • has an outstanding capacity to leverage local community resources and engage key stakeholders in an effort to make housing more affordable and/or to end homelessness,
  • is an agent of change who animates grassroots engagement, and
  • is a CHRA member in good standing.

Nomination and Selection Process

  • Nominations must come from CHRA members in good standing, either individuals or organizations.
  • A nomination consists of a completed nomination form, a nomination letter of approximately 500-750 words and a minimum of one short letter of support.
  • The CHRA Awards Committee selects and recommends award recipients to the CHRA Board of Directors for final decision. The Awards Committee may add to the list of nominees.
  • A non-selected nomination may be re-submitted in a subsequent year.
  • Awards are presented at the awards luncheon held during the National Congress on Housing and Homelessness.
  • For selected recipients, CHRA will request, in February/March, archival photos, newspaper clippings, etc. for compiling a short promotional video for use in the awards presentation.

Award Guidelines

The nomination and presentation of CHRA awards will be guided by the following terms:

  1. Nominations must come from CHRA members in good standing, either individuals or organizations.
  2. For four of the CHRA awards – the Community Builder, the Sustainability Award, the CHRA-Rooftops International Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award – the nominee must be a CHRA member in good standing.
  3. CHRA is not obliged to present each award annually if insufficient nominations are received or those received do not adequately meet the award criteria. Upon internal review, nominees may be transferred into a different, more appropriate award category.
  4. A nomination consists of a completed nomination form, a nomination letter of approximately 500-750 words and a minimum of one letter of support.
  5. The deadline date is January 18, 2021. The Awards Committee may extend this deadline by one or two weeks to promote further submissions. CHRA members currently sitting as an elected officer of the Board of Directors or currently participating in the Awards Committee are not eligible for receipt of a CHRA award although they may act as nominator or supporter. Board members and Awards Committee members should abstain from voting on any awards where they were the nominator, wrote a letter of support or have a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest would occur if the Board member works at the same organization as a nominee, works with a nominee, or could occur for any other reason determined by the Board member.
  6. A non-selected nomination may be re-submitted in a subsequent year by the nominator, revising the submission as needed.
  7. The CHRA Awards Committee selects and recommends award recipients to the CHRA Board of Directors for final decision. The Awards Committee selects the CHRA award winners through a consensus process, aided by an evaluation matrix. The CHRA-Rooftops International Service Award is an exception, administered by Rooftops Canada/Abri International.
  8. Award recipients will be presented with their memento by the CHRA President or designate during the awards luncheon at CHRA's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness. The ticket for the award winner and guest(s) attendance at the awards luncheon is complimentary.
  9. If an award recipient is unable to attend the awards luncheon at CHRA's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness National Congress, an alternate presentation opportunity will be considered. Otherwise their award will be mailed to them.

Past Recipients

The CHRA Community Builder Award was formerly named the Graham Emslie Award, after a former CHRA president. 

1988 Sylvia Goldblatt

1989 Humphry Carver

1990 George Cook

1991 NO AWARD

1992 Groupe de resources techniques

1993 Albert Rose

1994 John Sewell

1995 Chaviva Hosek

1996 Lynn Hannley

1997 Andrea Horwath

1998 Atlantic People's Housing Ltd.

1999 Karen O'Shaughnessy

2000 Jim O'Dea

2001 The National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness

2002 FOHM (la Fédération des OSBL d’habitation de Montréal)

2003 Jim Graham

2004 Cameron Gray

2005 Bruce Pearce

2006 Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation

2007 Alice Sundberg

2008 Daniel Thomas (Tom) Moore

2009 Chris Moore

2010 Jocelyn Greene

2011 Don McBain

2012 Ed Stelmach

2013 Karen Stone

2014 Clark Brownlee

2015 Debbie Di Chiaro

2016 Vancouver Native Housing Society

2017 Choices for Youth

2018 North End Community Renewal Corporation

2019 Linda E. Ross Property Management

2020 Alberta Rural Development Network